When I’m in the mood to start the day off with something sweet, Belgian waffles are one of the first things that come to mind. While you might be more familiar with the thin American style, the Belgian variety of waffles offers larger and deeper square pockets so you can load up on condiments. With strawberry jam or maple syrup providing the perfect finishing touch, it’s no surprise sweet-tooths around the world love Belgian waffles.
Although this flavourful treat is beloved virtually everywhere, you might be interested to learn it was first presented to customers at Expo 58, also known as the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. While this global event was typically reserved for nations that wanted to show off their latest technology, Belgian waffles quickly rose to popularity in North America, becoming a commonplace breakfast snack that almost everyone loves.
Although it’s possible to make waffles without a dedicated waffle iron, it will be tough to produce the small deep squares that make waffles so light and fluffy. Pick one up for cheap and start your day right with this much-loved breakfast snack.
Belgium Waffles Ingredients:
- 215g all-purpose flour
- 70g cornstarch
- 350ml buttermilk
- 120ml milk
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 6 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
Make Delicious Belgian Waffles:
- Before you get started, preheat an oven to 200° and switch on your waffle iron.
- In a large bowl, whisk all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Once combined, form a well in the middle of the mixture.
- In a separate bowl, add the buttermilk, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and egg yolks. Then whisk until combined.
- In another bowl, use a hand mixer to whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Next, add sugar and whip until stiffer peaks appear.
- While whisking, add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until mostly combined. Then, fold in the egg white mixture.
- Cook the completed batter in your preheated waffle iron. After each waffle is cooked, keep warm in the oven.
- Serve with your favourite ingredients – fresh strawberries, chocolate syrup, lemon or whatever you like!
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